Crafting of Amusement Code on its 1st stage

DAVAO City Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, chair of committee on games and amusement, said Wednesday that his committee is set to craft an Amusement Code to maximize amusement tax collection in the city.

Mahipus bared this in the Pulong-pulong ni Pulong media forum at the City Council Wednesday.

"It's a code to impose the amusement tax especially those who are not exempted from it," Mahipus said.

He added that he observed very low amusement tax in the income budgeting of the city.

Mahipus said that it is their committee's job is to provide exemptions given that the form of amusement will benefit educational, charitable and religious institutions. He, however, believes that other forms of amusement in the city were not properly charged.

"There are amusement parks, movie houses, 3D and that's P400 per person and the amusement tax is something like 30 percent, if only we could maximize these," Mahipus said in the vernacular.

He said that Davao City earns not more than P100 million very year and this comes from the amusement tax from cockfighting arenas, entertainment shows and passes in parks.

He added that this income does not involve theme parks yet.

"We have not really maximized the establishment or theme parks yet. Like for example Eden Park, it's an amusement park, but I do not know whether they are charged with the tax, for example lang," Mahipus said.

He hoped the amusement tax will increase and whatever proceeds of this tax will be plowed back not only for the general use of the city but also to improve the standard of the culture and arts of the entertainment industries in the city.

Mahipus targets to have the Amusement Code passed before the 2016 elections.

He added that they are on the first step of data gathering through surveys.

"We are gathering information from the amusement parks, establishments and entertainment outfits. I am now passing around questionnaires to know what they want, what do they want to happen in Davao and where do they want their amusement tax to go," Mahipus said. (KVC)

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